The Immortal Count: The Life and Films of Bela Lugosi

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University Press of Kentucky, 2013 M07 24 - 560 páginas

Bela Lugosi won immediate fame for his portrayal of the immortal count in the 1931 film Dracula. After a decade of trying vainly to broaden his range and secure parts to challenge his acting abilities, Lugosi resigned himself to a career as the world's most recognizable vampire. His last years were spent as a forgotten and rather tragic figure. When he died in 1956, Lugosi could not have known that vindication of his talent would come -- his face would adorn theaters, his image would appear on greeting cards and postage stamps, his film memorabilia would sell for more than he earned in his entire career, and his Hungarian accent would be instantly recognized by millions of people.

Martin Landau's Oscar-winning role as Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood added an ironic twist to a career that had ended in oblivion. In 1974, devoted Lugosi fan Arthur Lennig published a highly regarded biography of the unsung actor. More than twice the length of the original and completely rewritten, The Immortal Count provides deeper insights into Lugosi's films and personality. Drawing upon personal interviews, studio memos, shooting scripts, research in Romania and Hungary, and his own recollections, Lennig has written the definitive account of Lugosi's tragic life.

 

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Though many actors portrayed Dracula, none compared with Bela Lugosi's hypnotic vampire. While that role won him praise, it haunted his professional career, turning him into a cult legend among horror ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

1 BELA
3
2 THE EARLY YEARS
15
3 BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD
53
4 THE FATEFUL DECISION
75
PHOTOGRAPHS
103
5 DRACULATHE FILM
103
6 FAME
133
7 THE PEAK
183
9 THE WAR YEARS
283
10 THE DECLINE
349
11 THE FINAL YEARS
415
EPILOGUE
53
FILMOGRAPHY
67
LUGOSIS EARNINGS
91
NOTES
93
INDEX
127

8 THE COMEBACK
249

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Arthur Lennig, emeritus professor of cinema at the University of Albany, is the author of Stroheim and several other books on silent film.

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